Bermudian boxer Clarence Hill in his heyday. *File photo
Bermudian boxer Clarence Hill in his heyday. *File photo

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Olympic bronze medallist Clarence Hill is to be honoured with a statue, it was announced in the Throne Speech today.

The boxing bronze medal winner at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 will be cast in bronze and placed "at a suitable location yet to be determined".

Youth, Family and Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney said: “It is lamentable that Bermuda’s only Olympic medallist has not been honoured by his native country."

In addition, all Bermuda's parishes will create their own halls of fame to celebrate sporting heroes, while Bermudian Olympians and Paralympians will be honoured with bricks bearing their names on a walkway at the National Sports Centre.

Delivering the Throne Speech on behalf of Government, Governor George Fergusson said earlier: “In spite of Bermuda’s small size, her people have excelled in the international sports area.

“Government will continue to invest in sports in a way that will also create better links with past and present sportsmen who have brought the country to where it stands today in global sporting arenas.”

He added: “Government remains committed to supporting sports clubs as part of a wider community outreach, since our sports clubs are a magnet for young people and youth development.

“As part of a community development initiative, a multi-year funding plan is being devised to assist the clubs with their infrastructure, help them become financially self-sustaining and make them more family-friendly.”

Government also committed to setting a “concrete” date for the re-opening of St George’s Golf Club and pledged to ensure that only Bermudians would be employed in landscaping the course and managing concessions.